Tasted in Meursault with Marion Javillier, the 28 October, 2020.
Marion on 2020:
“In 2020 the confinement really gave us the opportunity to concentrate on our vines – no visits. The main thing is the earliness of the harvest; we started with a small vine 19 August but were properly underway the 25th with last grapes collected on 1st September. We have to remember the lack of rain – more of an effect for the reds than the whites but we think we will have some great wines.”
Marion on 2019:
“It’s special in the sense that – starting 6th September – the reds needed more time. But it was a small harvest and lots of millerandes, mainly because of the poor weather at flowering. When harvesting we worried about the potential alcohols but we find in the end wines 13.5-13.8° which is still high for us, but not extraordinary. There’s a classic style from the vintage from the perspective that each climat has its own well-defined character – and that’s important for us.”
Possibly the best range of wines I ever tasted at this domaine – you cannot go wrong here. Bravo Marion & team!
Reds will be bottling, probably, in December. The whites are in tank and they might start with those in only a couple of weeks. Last year I asked Marion about cork vs DIAM – “We’re testing DIAM but not all tests are finished yet – I do think that the reds close too much after bottling with DIAM though”
2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Grands Liards
Medium-plus colour. The nose not fully open but with a width of pretty red fruit – no Savigny herb. Round in the mouth and with fine energy, a little depth of texture that contains an über-fine grain of tannin. Hmm, slightly structured but also with a delicious red-fruit finale. That’s always an excellent villages here.
A little less colour. A deeper translucent red fruit – ooh that’s super! Mouth-filling, more mouth-watering too. Depth of flavour here, much more mouth-watering complexity. No grain to this tannin. Delicious, elegant, lacking for nothing – great Savigny.
Similar colour to the Serpentières. The nose is open and shows a little more rustic freshness but it’s still a good invitation to drink – with aeration becoming more fruit-forward, floral and deeper – it just takes its time. Fuller in the mouth, actually great texture again, mouth-watering – a wine with some power but always round and attractive.
Also all in tank, on their fining:
2019 Bourgogne Côte d’Or Cuvée des Forgets
Forward, ripely fresh golden fruit – ripe citrus here. Wide, mineral, mouth-watering. That sits beautifully on the palate. Just a little textural richness in the middle, some pear and pineapple too, but tasty wine here. Fine balanced.
From Pellans, half of Pellans is Meursault. Normally 10,000 bottles of this vs 20,000 of the latter
An extra brightness of aroma here. Cool-fruited, direct, chalky, almost juicy. Great, great Bourgogne. Bravo!
New cuvée, did a little testing in 18, a selection of parcels from within the domaine, not new parcels.
That’s a fine nose, stony-fruited, fresh, ginger-spiced – hyper-attractive. Here is weight and freshness, a cool style to the fruit, beautifully textured. Wide finishing, long finishing. That’s a honey – picture-perfect Meursault.
2019 Meursault Clos du Cromin
A more mineral width on this nose – interesting, faintly with rigour. The classic bright entry of wines here, beautifully textured again, faintly spiced in the middle with the tannic texture of the finish. That’s got a sneaky extra dimension of flavour in the finish too – excellent wine.
A vertical nose, deep with stone-fruit. A little extra freshness here, penetrating flavour with a very fine mouth-watering, practically juicy style in the middle and finish where there’s a little floral extra too. Bravo!
A little wider, again stone fruits but this time with some extra minerality in the deep. Wider, fresher, more overtly mineral and mouth-watering. The best finish – clarity – width of finish, subtly mouth-watering through the tannic texture.
2019 Meursault Tête de Murger
A bright nose, an energetic nose, perhaps the least ready of these though. Less width, a wine that has a little more emphasis on direction and structure. A super finish again – the signature here in 2019 – holding deliciously long – you really can’t go wrong here but this wine will repay your patience.
From Pougets. Always a small cuvée here, 1200 bottles. Still in barrel, not moved.
A narrower nose but more vibrant at the core – the suggestion of weight in support too. Aeration brings fine flowers in the mix. Great. Mouth-filling but with a clarity and presence that is top-notch. Bursting with flavour, mouth-watering flavour, energy and complexity. I simply love this wine in this vintage. Great wine.